Paul Molitor: 'I'm coming here to win'

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 11:21
We just finished up from the news conference introducing Paul Molitor as the 13th manager in Twins franchise history and just the third since 1986. Here are five takeaways from the presser: 1) Molitor has clear expectations that he wants to be competitive immediately. He talked on multiple occasions about teams making quick turnarounds and talked about things on the 2014 Twins — despite their 92 losses, the fourth consecutive season with at least that many — that he liked. The money quote: “I’m coming here to win.” He said that while he’s excited like many fans are about the potential for some of the prospects in the pipeline, he is more concerned with the here and now. Terry Ryan echoed that sentiment. “We’re ready to win here,” the GM said. “We’ve got to get going.” Whether that happens will likely be a function of how much the pitching improves more than the hiring of Molitor, but a new approach can influence change. 2) Ryan was emphatic that he spoke with Joe Maddon and that he even told Molitor about it as the process was unfolding. We’re not entirely sure how serious those talks got, but Ryan said it three times so there you have it. 3) Molitor was asked how much he will incorporate advanced statistics and the kind of modern information that is readily available. He talked favorably of defensive shifts — he was credited last year with moving the Twins in that direction as a coach — and said he will use as much information as he finds useful while also being cautious not to overburden players with too much data. 4) One thing that gets mentioned a lot is that great players have a hard time being successful managers because they haven’t done the little things to be successful. Twins closer Glen Perkins, who was in attendance along with Joe Mauer, had this to say on that front: “I think what made Paul Molitor a Hall of Famer was not just the raw ability. … He did all those little things that added up to a lot more. … He worked at a lot of things. I think those are traits that will make him a good manager, and in this case I don’t think it’s a huge concern.” 5) The biggest intrigue now, of course, is who winds up on Molitor’s staff. Both he and Ryan indicated there have already been discussions and that they will intensify as quickly as this afternoon. So stay tuned on that.
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A long chat with former Gopher Austin Hollins

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 10:51
The graduated guard is now in Northern France competing in the Pro B League.
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Wis. Gov. Walker sneaks 'Go Packers' on beam meant for Viking stadium

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 10:47
What the governor wrote, however, “has been removed from the piece of steel while still at the fabrication shop,” a construction official said.
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Gophers defenseman Skjei out at least two weeks with lower-body injury

Star Tribune Sports - Tue, 11/04/2014 - 06:39
Junior defenseman Brady Skjei will miss at least two weeks Don Lucia announced on his radio show on Monday night.
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Another missed Bridgewater-Patterson deep connection raises questions

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 23:37
On a missed Teddy Bridgewater-Cordarrelle Patterson hookup, coach Mike Zimmer called out both players.
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Crosby & Co.'s scoring prowess to challenge Wild's stingy defense

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 22:37
The NHL’s top offense (Pittsburgh) will face the best defense (the Wild).
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Twins' choice of Molitor thrills Selig

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 22:36
The commissioner remains close to his former star player.
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Players praise Molitor's knowledge of the game

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 22:36
The 13th manager in Twins history will be introduced at Target Field Tuesday.
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Chip Scoggins: Insist on change before bringing Peterson back

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 22:35
If Adrian Peterson shows sincere remorse following any potential plea agreement, he should get an opportunity to return to the Vikings.
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As plea agreement talk swirls, Peterson faces court date in Texas

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 21:33
As AP goes to court, questions linger about legal fate and future with sponsors, Vikings.
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Patrick Reusse: Molitor's gift of awareness is one he can share

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 21:30
His sharp baseball mind can rub off on his players, if they are willing to learn.
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Zimmer on Patterson: 'We're not precise enough'

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 15:36
With a lot of talk during Monday’s news conference centering on deep passes being a little too deep with Teddy Bridgewater under center, our conversation with head coach Mike Zimmer inevitably shifted to the chemistry between the rookie quarterback and second-year wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson. Patterson had just 13 catches in Bridgewater’s five starts, and six came in last week’s overtime win over the Buccaneers. Patterson was targeted seven times yesterday against the Redskins, including that first-quarter bomb that somehow fell incomplete. But Patterson caught just one of those passes for only nine yards. So today Zimmer was asked if something was keeping Bridgewater and Patterson from connecting. “Yes, I’ll leave it at that,” Zimmer said. After a few seconds of silence, he continued. “It’s nothing between the two. We’re not precise enough in all areas. … Guys have to make sure they’re in the right places at all times.” Patterson was raw as a route-runner coming out of college, having played just one year at the Div. I level. He is still struggling to create separation, especially against man coverage. And apparently he is not running the right routes at times, or is running the right routes but not as the proper depth, which is also a big deal. Zimmer did say that Patterson “did some good things yesterday” in the win over the Redskins, such as getting open on a few plays where the ball went to another receiver. “That happens as receivers. I think one of the great things that we’re doing, honestly, is we’re spreading the ball around. It’s not just one guy catching the ball,” Zimmer said, adding. “This is never going to be a one-man show.”
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Young, cleared to play, returns to practice Monday

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 15:22
Wolves power forward was knocked out of Saturday's game thanks to a Jimmy Butler elbow
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Rand: Possible plea deal could put Peterson back on field

Star Tribune Sports - Mon, 11/03/2014 - 14:16
An ESPN report indicates a plea agreement could be reached as soon as Tuesday
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